Breathing. Concentration. Control. Centering. Precision.
Balanced Muscle Development. Whole Body Movement. Flow. Relaxation.
Using these principles, taken from the method developed by Joseph Pilates, your workouts will be more effective and efficient without wrecking your body. You will find increased strength, flexibility, confidence, and power with less pain while improving your balance, posture, and overall health.
Whether you are an athlete, new to exercise, have special needs, or anywhere in between, we will design a program to meet your needs and help you discover how much better you can feel and move.
We offer private sessions and a variety of small-group specialty classes, all based on the Pilates principles, so that there's something for everyone and options to mix up your workouts. Fitness should be fun, safe, and empowering. No class is ever the same - each session and class is tailored to the student(s). We never have scripts or choreographed classes.
Our sessions and classes are taught by certified, professional teachers, who all practice Pilates regularly. They will demonstrate as needed, but spend the majority of the session and class time offering verbal and tactile cues to help you work out smarter and more safely.
Our studio is a supportive and accepting community. We are extra encouraging on those rough days, and we celebrate your successes as you work toward the best version of yourself.
Hilary Rogers, owner/senior teacher
Hilary has been a student of the Pilates method since 1997, studying the classical and contemporary styles of Pilates as well as other Pilates-inspired types of movement.
She discovered Pilates to help with low back pain when working too many hours at a desk as a recruiter for a top management consulting firm. She enjoyed the challenge, precision, concentration, and results of the method. In 2002, she left the corporate world to follow her passion for Pilates and share better movement with others.
She was certified to teach Pilates by the physical therapists and Pilates faculty at Center Studio Pilates in Burbank, CA.
She has since studied under and worked with Pilates instructors from varied backgrounds as well as chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and medical doctors in Southern California, the Chicagoland area, and the Sacramento area.
She became a PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher in 2006, became a Master Trainer for Balanced Body® in 2008, and was certified as a Second Generation Pilates Teacher by Lolita San Miguel in 2013. (Lolita is one of two people Joseph Pilates officially certified to teach his method.) She brings compassion, understanding, and excitement to her sessions and classes - wanting to help everyone learn how much better they can feel and how much more they can do than they thought they could.
Hilary has lived in the Sacramento area since 2009. When she's not at the studio, she's enjoying time with her husband, young son, two corgis, and cat.
Diana O’Brian, Teacher
Diana (pronounced dee-Ah-na) was a student athlete at LMU and graduated with a B.S. in Pre- Physical Therapy. She first became introduced to Pilates while working at a Physical Therapy clinic, where she witnessed a strong need for patients to continue their rehabilitation exercises beyond their limited number of visits. At the time, Diana was experiencing health challenges of her own, which lead her down an alternative path to healing and health. She has been able to heal herself of an autoimmune disease without the use of any western drugs. Pilates was the only form of exercise she could do at the time, and so she is very passionate about meeting clients where they are at with whatever body challenges they may be experiencing. She truly believes with attention and care the body can heal itself. Movement is healing; and pilates provides such a safe and effective way to keep the body moving throughout the aging process, injury, and all kinds of circumstances.
Jennifer Owen, Teacher
Jenn’s first exposure to Pilates was ten years ago, when she began Pilates-based rehabilitation at St. Francis Hospital Center for Sports Medicine. Jenn’s appreciation for Pilates grew through her own recovery from several chronic injuries sustained while studying classical ballet. Working with dance medicine specialists at St. Francis inspired her to utilize Pilates apparatus to help others heal through rehabilitation and injury prevention.
While studying with Balanced Body University, Jenn earned her certificate in Pilates mat, and more recently, she completed her Pilates Comprehensive Teaching Credential from Body Arts and Science International. She has completed college coursework in ACE Personal Training, Anatomy and Physiology, and Injury Prevention and Management. Jenn has degrees in Kinesiology and Natural Science from Sierra College in Rocklin, she is a student at California State University, Sacramento, and is working toward her Physical Therapist Assistant License.
Jenn’s teaching style centers around correct muscle activation, proper alignment, and full body awareness. She draws upon her knowledge of human anatomy and her personal experience with rehabilitation, to relate with and help a multitude of clients to better improve their health and wellness.
Kelli McElravy, Teacher
Kelli is a certified Pilates instructor trained in the classical method and is enthusiastic about incorporating a variety of modern methods as well. She has extensive dance training in ballet, tap, jazz, and gymnastics, and she spent ten years as the choreographer for the spring musicals at the Black Box Theater for San Jose unified school district. Her passion for teaching and movement has lead her to pursue a career in Pilates, and she is excited to share that passion with you.
"[the Method] strengthens the mind and body and uplifts the spirit" - Joseph Pilates
Kristine Harmon, Teacher
Kristine is enthusiastic and motivated both in and out of the studio. She has six plus years teaching Barre and brings that motivation and enthusiasm into every class. She has always enjoyed physical activity and when she found Barre, it truly became her passion. The balance of work and play bring her sense of humor into her class; her dedication to her students provides an exceptional experience. Come join her at the Barre and you will find a caring instructor who will guide you through your class from beginning to end.
Melissa Pruden, Teacher
Melissa is a Northern California native. She graduated from Sacramento State University with honors in International Communications and worked for over a decade in corporate IT, where she met and married her fabulous husband. Two beautiful children later, Melissa was looking to return to the athleticism of her youth and fell in love with barre and Pilates as a way to condition her body and mind. Melissa's training is through Pilates Sports Center and she has three years experience in teaching alignment-based group fitness. Melissa's love for teaching is validated each time the light bulb comes on for a client - whether it is a verbal cue that particularly resonates, an increased awareness through mind-body connection, or an exercise that had been previously unattainable that can finally be accomplished!
"The body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness." -S. Mipham. Through Pilates, we find both!
Nadia Kull, Senior Teacher
Nadia began her Pilates Method journey in 2007, starting as a student and soon after choosing the path to study and instruct.
She started after incurring an Achilles’ tendon injury during marathon training; turning to Pilates versus surgery for rehabilitation. In time came the realization that this practice was life changing, and she decided to pursue her certification through the PhysicalMind Institute . Prior to this, Nadia spent over 20 years in the corporate world. During that time, she was a successful Sales and Marketing Executive for Fortune 1000 companies. She also worked for a well known motivational speaker, traveling worldwide helping people work on self-empowerment.
Since her initial training Nadia has gone on to become a PMA Certified Pilates teacher; complete the Balanced Body teacher training program; complete TRX qualification training, and attend numerous ongoing conferences and workshops.
She has a Bachelor of Science in both Biology and Business Administration, graduating from the University of Illinois Circle Campus and Elmhurst College respectively.
Nadia views her position as a Pilates instructor as a culmination of all the things she is passionate about in her life. It encompasses human anatomy, relationship building with clientele, and helping to motivate them with their health and fitness goals.. .. She finds that all these prior experiences benefit her instruction. Her students say she has a unique mix, blending her knowledge of biomechanics, personal interaction and a visual style of teaching...all with a touch of levity!
Nadia relocated from the Chicago area mid 2017 to El Dorado Hills with her husband, two daughters and their pet menagerie.